I hear complaints all day long on the range and on the net.
“I need to shorten my swing and I can’t do it. Do you have a tip.”
I have had many students with this issue and they are all stubborn as mules. Like many other issues in the swing, people wants quick fixes, but this issue is probably the worst.
Let me attack this from a different angle. Let’s say we have a person who wants to lose 10 pounds and goes to a person that is a nutritionist and personal trainer. The nutritionist/trainer gives them a proper diet and workout regimen.
After the first day our hero weighs himself and finds he has lost no weight, goes back to the nutritionist/trainer and says…
“The program you gave me doesn’t work, I haven’t lost any weight yet.”
The NT then says it takes time and if our hero stick to the program, he will start to notice results.
A week later our hero looks in the mirror, sees no change in his body and quits the routine and goes back to his old eating habits and workout habits.
What would we think about our hero?
Idiot, imbecile, moron…insane?
A pencil or garden tool in need of sharpening?
Someone in need of a pimp slap?
Overly harsh criticism and kidding aside, this analogy is exactly what happens when people try to shorten their swings (and attack many other swing issues). They attempt to fix it an when they don’t see immediate results, they abandon the pursuit.
In order to shorten your golf swing, you make an effort to shorten it ON EVERY SWING YOU MAKE WITH EVERY CLUB.
You do the 9-3 drill, you work on staying properly (but not overly) connected, you work on stopping your swing when your shoulder turn stops, you work on maintaining your posture…or simply just plain picture in your brain making a shorter swing.
A week later your swing will be shorter, although not perceptibly. A month later people will start to notice, “Hey Joe, you don’t look like you are completing your backswing.”
6 months later when people start telling you your aren’t make a full turn and getting to parallel, you will realize you have achieved your goal and all of your golfing buddies are so stuck in a morass of cliches, you are going to start taking all of their money.
Those wanting quick fixes are never going to get better, while those understanding that improvement in golf is not measured in 5 minutes on the range and one good round, but measured in months and 30-40% drops in their handicaps.
I believe this is why handicaps have not gone down significantly even with the advent of so much club and swing technology. The instruction industry and American life in general has become about immediate gratification.
Just make an effort every day and you will lose weight, get in better shape and shorten your swing.